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  1. Grok

    GUTEN

    Did a brew the other day, all was going well when suddenly lights out in the Guten on ramp up to boil at about 85C, no warning, just complete lights out, no power to controller or pump.....WTF !...... so back up plan enacted, grabbed my newly acquired hang over the side bucket immersion heater...
  2. Grok

    Fermzilla

    OK, lets see, yes I have RTFM, and guess what those products are if you care to look under the covers! Super Kill Ethyl Sanitizer Spray : basically ethanol/alcohol solution......hand sanitizer solution of which we are all familiar with now. StellarSan: "Phosphoric Acid based cleaner"...
  3. Grok

    Fermzilla

    In any case probably a topic for another thread (pressure fermenting). I'm more interested in this at the moment, has anybody got this happening to their FZ gear? Some smooth areas that come clean no problem, but far more rough surface that isn't cleaning friendly.
  4. Grok

    Fermzilla

    So....what is bottling then, if not exactly the same process all be it on a small individual container size!
  5. Grok

    Fermzilla

    After you got it off, was the surface rough or pitted, or was it back to smooth plastic?
  6. Grok

    Fermzilla

    I presume the lid is made of the same material, but I don't know, I didn't make it! I have soaked the bottom flange and valve in warm water, about 50C, and also in the same with some tsp and detergent in it and it doesn't soak off, like things do with stainless. I'm not here to have a go at KL...
  7. Grok

    Fermzilla

    you seriously think I'd use a used dunny brush....lol :fallingoffchair: This issue isn't about scratches in the plastic, it's about reaction with the plastic i am suggesting!
  8. Grok

    Fermzilla

    I don't use scourers on plastic, either a sponge or cotton cloth, or brush bristles. I actually bought a new dunny brush for this purpose because of the long handle....and of course it is dual purpose....hmmm extra flavour ;) But in any case, the tank plastic (PET) is fine, no issues, smooth as...
  9. Grok

    Fermzilla

    I see your surfaces are a little blemished as well, how does it feel when you touch it?
  10. Grok

    Fermzilla

    Beer has Phosphoric acid in it naturally, coke drink is loaded with it, if the plastic is that sensitive, it ought to be labelled as such.
  11. Grok

    Fermzilla

    Any chance of pics so I can compare? I have done about 8 brews in mine.
  12. Grok

    Fermzilla

    I doubt it, check the MSDS on these products: Stellerclean: Silicates, Oxidizing agents, Phosphates, and Surfactants and Sodium Metasilicate Stellersan: Kegland: Phosphoric acid 50% Dodecylbenzensulfonic acid 15% Inert/Proprietary Ingredients- 35% (probably water!!!) Another MSDS...
  13. Grok

    Fermzilla

    I use Tricleanium (TSP) with a pinch of detergent mixed up in hot water. Sometimes use a bit of straight or diluted phosphoric acid for a tough spot, but TSP generally gets all my stainless clean no problem. You can see on the photos the black areas are the nice and shiny plastic that I expected...
  14. Grok

    Fermzilla

    Has anyone noticed this happening in their FZ. The plastic has lost its shiny smooth surface in most places except near what look like the injection points (x4). It looks and feels like beer stone coating being quite rough, you can scrape some of it off, but it doesn't get back to smooth &...
  15. Grok

    Drill For Monster Mill

    You can use most drills on low if they have a dual speed arrangement, I use an old Black & Decker 18v cordless direct onto my 2 roller el- cheapo mill, works fine. But if you want a budget flex coupling, use a short length of hose of appropriate size and stiffness, scuff up the shafts a bit with...
  16. Grok

    Free hop crowns - WA

    I'm up for it! PM sent.
  17. Grok

    GUTEN

    Try malt conditioning, it works a treat! Also check your water profile, if your down on some of your essential salts, that also has an effect on gum levels I've found.
  18. Grok

    Robobrew V3 vs Guten

    Let me "edumacate" you gents on thrifty hose clamps that are better than bought stuff and don't leak! Having spent half my life as a farmer, I learned the value of having a roll of tie wire and a decent pair of pliers always on hand. Behold the Bow-Tie-Wire Clamp! Take enough wire to go around...
  19. Grok

    GUTEN

    Yes I do, especially make sure I do as I'm playing around with my water profile lately. The test is so easy, don't why you wouldn't! I just ask myself this, if I'm getting an increase starch presence reading after a stir, my logic is saying there must be some more starch in there, am I missing...
  20. Grok

    GUTEN

    So Mark, what info do you use to make your decision to end your mash and start the sparging process? time? iodine testing? what I did before worked? what everybody else does? or about nowish? or.........? I never said stirring would convert starches, but if stirring helps release more starches...
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